Speech-Language Pathologists

Five full-time speech-language pathologists (SLPs) use techniques such as the multisensory Orton-Gillingham Approach to help students develop reading, writing, and verbal communication skills. Partnering with special education faculty, our SLPs also encourage students to better understand their own cognitive processes and refine their social language skills.

Michael Sims, M.S.Ed., CCC-SLP

Director of Student Outcomes

Start Date: 2003

“Daily I am inspired as I see evidence of being a positive influence in the lives of others.”

Michael (Brad) Sims joined the Brehm family in 2003, prior to that he spent 7 years teaching special education, 2 years as an SLP consultant for the Prentke-Romich Company and 14 years in private practice.

Brad earned his Bachelor of Science in education, Master of Science in communication disorders and sciences both from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and his Certification of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Marian Appiah-Kubi, M.S., CCC-SLP, M.A., Applied Language

Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)

Start Date: 2006

“There is never a dull day; every day brings with it rewards in learning and discovery for my students and myself.”

Marian Appiah-Kubi has been a Brehm speech-language pathologist since 2008. She began as an intern in the Speech and Language department and returned as a Reading and Writing instructor in 2006. Her skill set, passion, and education made her the perfect fit when the position in the SLP department opened.

Marian holds a Master’s of Science degree in Communications Disorders and Sciences from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a Master’s in Applied Language.

Deborah Browne, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)

Start Date: 2001

“My favorite part of my job at Brehm is reaching deep into the hearts and minds of our students to bring out the gems.”

Deborah joined the Brehm family ins 2001 as a Speech and Language Pathologist. As a SLP at Brehm, her days consist of assessment and therapy in the areas of social cognition, executive functioning, auditory processing, and language processing with each student on her caseload.

Prior to working at Brehm Deb worked as an SLP at two local public grade schools, pre-K through 8th grade where she conducted language, articulation, and hearing assessments as well as IEPs.

Deborah holds a Masters in Communication Disorders and Sciences from SIU – Carbondale; BS Journalism; and certificates in Coursera courses; Orton-Gillingham and Lindamood-Bell training.

Barbara Drew M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)

Start Date: 1990

“I like that I have the support and trust of fellow colleagues to make a difference in people’s lives, whether it be a student or staff member.  I know that we all do our job for the students, but in truth when I am able to help a student it feels good to me, so it’s a win-win situation.”

Barbara Drew (Barbie) has been a “Brehmmie” since 1990 when she joined the Brehm family as a Speech and Language Pathologist. Her infectious personality brings a smile to anyone’s face that she comes in contact with and we are very thankful she made Brehm her home.

Barbie earned her Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and also her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology.

Guadalupe Montoya M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), Coordinator of Summer Program

Start Date: 2015

“Contributing to a future generation of leaders is the most rewarding part of what I do.”

Guadalupe (Lupe) has been a part of the summer program and a Speech and Language Pathologist at Brehm since 2015. Lupe accepted the role of Coordinator of Summer Program in 2018.

Lupe completed her Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and her undergrad is in Business Administration.